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UK officers to train Libya rebels

2011-04-19 18:07

London - Britain will send military officers to the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi to train and advise rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Foreign Office announced on Tuesday.

Britain's National Security Council had decided to "move quickly" to expand the team already in Benghazi to include an additional military liaison advisory team, said Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The contingent would be drawn from experienced British military officers, he said.

The BBC said that around 10 officers would be sent to Benghazi to provide logistics and intelligence training as part of a joint Anglo-French operation.

The officers would not be involved in fighting, said Hague.

The move was necessary to help protect civilians in Libya and was compatible with the United Nations resolution that authorised a no- fly zone, said Hague.

Comments
  • Crunchie - 2011-04-19 19:28

    Vietnam started the same way, militery advisors and trainers...

  • T de J - 2011-04-19 19:49

    from what i can recall the taliban also had american trainners and advisers to help againts the russians . they need to get up to date with the new technolagy.Or the British have a infultrater in goverment.half their population is from these parts anyway.God bless Libbritia

  • Katishi - 2011-04-19 22:07

    So britain is fuelling war?If they(ignorant,arrogant Nato) really want to help Libyian citizens,why don't they invade Tripoli and remove Gaddafi.te west has just proven again tat they r useless.

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